About thirty years ago, German researcher Dr Feist developed a prototype that would later be known as the Passivhaus or "Passive House". Passivhaus architecture is an architectural style that meets the standard for energy efficiency while minimizing the building's ecological footprint.
Written by
Gerard Smithers
Castaño & Asociados Passivhaus
San Francisco architect John Marx, AIA, recently published Études, a book of his poetry and watercolors. It was recently awarded the James Gates Percival International Prize for Literature.
Études: The Poetry of Dreams + Other Fragments
John Marx, AIA
Art, Poetry
The Odessa-based architecture & interior design firm K&B Partners led by Kovtun Yuri and Burakov Egor have designed Shell House, a modern family recreation center planned to be built near the sea in Koblevo, Mykolaiv region, Ukraine.
Project name
Shell House
Architecture firm
K&B Partners
Koblevo, Mykolaiv region, Ukraine
Tools used
Autodesk 3ds Max, Corona Renderer, Adobe Photoshop
Wallpapers are a great way to spruce up your walls. While regular paint on a wall is classic and timeless, design is all about new and contemporary advancements. The printed wallpaper we see today has been around since the 1700s where wallpaper was being manufactured in bulk.
Written by
James Cothern
Scoria / Inon Ben David: The design concept of a minimalistic secluded getaway. The architectural concept was designed for those who embrace and love nature, and love to include them into their daily lives.
Project name
Secluded Getaway
Architecture firm
Scoria by Inon Ben David
Tel Aviv, Israel
Tools used
SketchUp, V-ray, Adobe Photoshop
Ice Design recently created a comfortable multi-functional living space for YUNĒ, to present a brand new lifestle in the only 1.7 m² urban area within Beijing Third Ring Road by designing life aesthetics around natural elements and layered space.
Project name
Interior design
Ice Design
Fenzhongsi, East 3rd Ring Road, Beijing, China
RuChu Photography
We all have always yearned for our personal space, one that takes us far away from our chaotic and stressful lives; our very own Home rooted in Mother Nature, one that reconnects us to our origins, rejuvenating our mind, body and soul. We all aspire for a home that is not just an extension of our persona but is also an expression of our individuali...
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